Pichet Klunchun and Myself is a clever theatrical presentation of an intellectual encounter between two dancers from very different traditions. The piece stages the meeting between conceptual choreographer Jérôme Bel and traditional Thai dancer Pichet Klunchun, a master of “Khon,” a Thai classical dance practice. Through a lively mixture of physical demonstration and spirited verbal debate, the piece documents Bel and Pichet’s lucid, humorous quest for understanding one another. During the piece, both try to find out more about each other, and above all about their respective artistic practices. They present a theatrical report of their original meeting, which evolves into meditations on euro-centrism, inter-culturalism, and cultural globalization.

Funded in part by FUSED: French US Exchange in Dance, a program of the National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts and Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the French American Cultural Exchange and the Florence Gould Foundation.